Palacio de Bellas Artes

Santo Domingo

This huge neoclassical building houses several national performing arts schools and is sometimes the sight for exhibitions and performances. Check the weekend edition of local papers for events.

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Nearby Santo Domingo attractions

1. Playa Guibia

0.24 MILES

A beach area on the Malecón popular with families on weekends, featuring a sandy volleyball court, a kids' playground, gym equipment and free wi-fi access.

2. Museo Nacional de Historia Natural

0.66 MILES

This museum explores the natural environs of the Dominican Republic, with the massive jaw of a sperm whale welcoming visitors at the door. Old-fashioned…

3. Plaza de la Cultura

0.68 MILES

This large, centrally located park, mostly a sun-baked, fairly unkempt plaza, has three museums (two of which are worth visiting), the national theater…

4. Museo de Arte Moderno

0.68 MILES

The museum’s permanent collection includes paintings and a few sculptures by the DR’s best-known modern artists, including Luís Desangles, Adriana Billini…

5. Museo del Hombre Dominicano

0.71 MILES

Highlights here include an impressive collection of Taíno artifacts, including stone axes and intriguing urns and carvings and an interesting section on…

6. Palacio Nacional

1.09 MILES

The Dominican seat of government, which occupies most of a city block, was designed by Italian architect Guido D’Alessandro and inaugurated in 1947. Built…

7. Altar de la Patria

1.19 MILES

The main attraction of Parque Independencia, this marble mausoleum holds the remains of three national heroes: Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario…

8. Puerta de la Misericordia

1.23 MILES

This gate was erected during the 16th century and for many decades served as the main western entrance to the city. It obtained its name after a major…